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orb

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Pronunciation: /ɔːb
 
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Definition of orb in English:

noun

1A spherical object or shape: a pale orb of hazy reddish light
More example sentences
  • In the center of the vault was a pedestal, and on top of the pedestal was a spherical crystalline orb with some kind of necklace, or talisman beside it.
  • Atop the neck's silver rings was a necklace of four orbs of different color: blue, red, green and violet.
  • At the right, a turquoise orb rises above a glyphlike marking of black diamond shapes with arm-like appendages set against a purple ground.
Synonyms
1.1A golden globe surmounted by a cross, forming part of the regalia of a monarch: a crown, an orb, and a sceptre
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  • This is a rare example of a once popular print and presents a traditional representation of the monarch with crown, orb and sceptre, the instruments of monarchical power.
  • And what should be made of the cross surmounting the orb?
  • Edward's is the first English royal seal to survive; the image of the king in majesty, enthroned with orb and sceptre, was borrowed from German models.
1.2 literary A celestial body.
Example sentences
  • When the Earth is at its mean distance from the Sun, the solar orb has an apparent angular diameter of 0.533 degrees.
  • She turned towards the door, her eyes still wide as moons and her face as pale as the orb itself.
  • But the sun was setting very early these days, and with the dense clouds overhead, that pale orb might as well not even be there.
1.3 (usually orbs) literary An eye: two wild staring orbs which flashed around the room
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  • Emma felt uneasy under the close observation of those pale blue orbs and hastily looked away.
  • She looked into his eyes again, pale grey orbs that look almost white.
  • Sometimes I get busted, I blush and avert my orbs.
1.4 Astrology A circle of up to 10° radius around the position of a celestial object: within an orb of 1° of Mars
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  • He refers to the orbs as the circles, radiations or beams of the planets ‘through which they may be joined by either corporal conjunction or aspect’.
  • An orb of only 1 degree should be allowed for progressions.
  • A minority group of astrologers, notably the famous Marathi astrologer, Katveji recommended using tighter orbs when examining sade-sati.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a circle): from Latin orbis 'ring'.

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